Tottenham return to Premier League action this weekend as they welcome a Southampton side in 10th place. After their FA Cup victory against Millwall, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will want to kick on in the league to make sure they finish in the top four.
Southampton only have one competition to focus on now after their EFL Cup final defeat and will be looking to achieve as high a finish as possible. Currently sitting in mid-table, a late push could turn a decent season into a good one.
Spurs demolished Millwall 6-0 in their last home game and are at their best in front of the White Hart Lane faithful. League victories at White Hart Lane over Everton and Stoke City are a testament to their home form. The Lilywhites haven’t lost on their own patch in the Premier League all season and have also recorded a 4-1 victory over this weekend’s opponents.
Southampton overcame a tough test against Watford last weekend, however, they have not had the greatest of times recently. An EFL Cup Final defeat against Manchester United and a 5-0 drubbing by Arsenal shows that Claude Puel’s side aren’t at their best when facing big sides.
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Tottenham faced the unimaginable last weekend seeing Harry Kane go off injured. As the Englishman cracked a shot wide, his ankle got caught under a challenge when he planted his right foot and it has led to him being ruled out for up to six weeks. Danny Rose is also still out with injury.
As for Southampton, a two-week break has given the players a chance to fully recover but Charlie Austin and Matt Targett will be short of match fitness and are not expected to feature. Virgil van Dijk is still out injured and will be a massive miss for them.
With Spurs in such good form and Southampton missing their strongest centre-back, it looks like only a home win is possible. Even without their top-scorer, Harry Kane, the squad that Pochettino has available to him is too strong for Puel’s side. Son Heung-min often scores when played as a striker and he will be keen to impress in a central role following the injury to Kane.
Score Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Southampton